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(moral philosophy) itself The most fervent appetite which it has in each of its parts to be conjoined with each part of that most divine quiet heaven (Theology). Convito, Tr. II. c. 4. Compare Paradiso, I. 76, 77. Theology, the divine science, corresponds with the Empyrean, because of its peace, the which, through the most excellent certainty of its subject, which is God, suffers no strife of opinions or sophistic arguments. Vain babblings and oppositions of science falsely so called. 1 Tim. VI. 20. No one of the heavens is at rest but this, and in none of the inferior sciences can we find repose, though he likens physics to the heaven of the fixed stars, in whose name is a suggestion of the certitude to be arrived at in things demonstrable. Dante had this comparison in mind, it may be inferred, when he said, Well I perceive that never sated is Our intellect unless the Truth illume it Beyond which nothing true That is, no partial truth. expands itself. It rests therein a